Episode #762 of the TV show The Big Picture: "The original agency catalog description reads: Synopsis: Replays the drama and battle action of the period of the landing at Normandy and the fierce combat to overcome the wall of 'Fortress Europe' in June 1944." National Archives Identifier: 4523988
August 15, 2019 Subject:
What to expect...
The program begins with the reminders that remain of the Normandy landings. Children often play on what remains from the war that’s still on the beaches. The Normandy landings occurred on June 6, 1944, which is also known as D-Day. The invasion was the largest seaborne invasion. The operation itself was known as Operation Overlord. Soldiers are shown being trained specifically on England’s beaches to practice invading the coast prior to the invasion. The Nazi’s are aware of the upcoming invasion by the Allied forces and they build a wall. The Nazi’s also create many obstacles to make it harder for those invading. They also predict a date and location that the invasion is likely to occur which the Allied forces are aware of. The date and location of the invasion are absolutely wrong and Allied forces proceed to deceive the Nazis. The Allied forces decide to bomb where the Nazi’s expect the invasion. As the bombings continue, the Nazis lose much of their supplies and men. After months of training, thousands of men prepare to invade Normandy before the Nazi’s are able to regain their supplies and manpower. Supplies and weaponry are prepared for the men and loaded on ships for war. Weather conditions delayed D-Day from June 5 to June 6 of 1944. The program displays the bombing that occurred prior to the actual invasion which made the Nazi’s confused. Not only did the Nazi’s face a bombing attack but they also faced an air attack. Thousands of men landed on the beaches of Utah and Omaha in waves. The training they endured prior to the invasion did not prepare them for nausea they’d face at sea. Many men died during the invasion but thousands of men continued to pour in to help. All of the men helped to destroy the Nazis and liberate Europe from their control. (lg136)